Is Cavani the league's most prolific player?

Thursday 11 February 2021 08:00

Edinson Cavani celebrates his 34th birthday on Sunday and he'll be hoping to mark the occasion by getting on the scoresheet at West Bromwich Albion.

The veteran marksman has proved a revelation at Old Trafford since signing from PSG on a free transfer in October, impressing fans, pundits and fellow team-mates with his electric movement and keen eye for goal.

After a staggered start to his spell in Manchester, with Edinson missing several games with injury in December and then sitting out a further three through suspension at the beginning of 2021, the Uruguayan has really found his scoring boots in recent weeks, netting three in our last five top-flight games.

And that rich vein of form has helped propel Edi to the summit of one particular Premier League scoring chart, which only emphasises the impact he has on the side when out on the pitch.

Watch our no.7's seven goals for United in all competitions so far.

Cavani currently sits top of the non-penalty goals per 90 minutes ranking in England’s top division – a list which sorts all players’ strikes from open play and divides them by how many ‘full matches’ they have played.

Edinson’s 762 league minutes so far – across seven starts and nine substitute appearances – equates to just under eight-and-a-half games’ worth of action on the pitch and, when you divide his six strikes by that figure, you see the forward is currently averaging 0.71 goals for every 90 minutes he plays.

That places him clear of the likes of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin (0.66), Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min (0.62) and Tammy Abraham, of Chelsea (0.56).

The former PSG and Napoli man is also performing impressively when you take all goals, including penalties, into account.

Only the division’s leading marksman, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, is scoring goals at a more regular rate – and the Egyptian’s tally of 16 goals from 1,832 minutes (0.79 per 90) includes six spot-kicks.

Edi matches Zlatan's mark


Edinson Cavani's goal against Everton means he has emulated a feat achieved by his former PSG team-mate.

Some of the league's prime strikers sit further down that list, including Harry Kane (third, with 0.67) and Jamie Vardy (joint-fourth, with 0.66).

Our own Bruno Fernandes is eighth  the Portuguese has scored more times than any other United player this season and averages 0.61 goals per 90. Impressive, when you consider Bruno has featured in every game so far.

Let's hope our two in-form Reds can keep their resplendent records up at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

All stats cited are from


Attention starts to turn to our next Premier League fixture  we travel to the Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion, at the Hawthorns, on Sunday (14:00 GMT kick-off).

We'll have an in-depth preview with all you need to know about that game and the opposition, while there will also be an early team news update, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assesses his squad options in the midst of a longer-than-usual break between fixtures.

There will be training images straight from the Aon Training Complex too, as well as your usual United Daily news round-up  watch yesterday's episode below.

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We published the extended highlights of the 1-0 FA Cup victory over West Ham and you can watch further clips from the match here.

Scott McTominay commented on the recent racist abuse suffered by colleagues on social media, while there was also news about United equalling a club record.

Finally, we pondered what Scott's best goal of the season was  he's got seven already!